Parent Information Relating to Special Education

All these opportunities are FREE unless noted.  

In most cases you must register if registration information is provided.

When other events become available they will be posted at: https://fairfaxcountysepta.org/upcoming-community-events/

Variety of Recorded Webinars on Adoption-Related Topics — April 1- April 30

Topics range from emotional regulation, to supporting children with FASD, to dealing with loss and grief.  View 48 hours. FREE with Coupon: HOME at checkout.

Information:  https://store.adoptionsupport.org/webinars/in-demand-webinars

When You and Your Child Have ADHD— Communication Skills to Resolve Conflict

Fri. April 3,  2:30-3:30 pm  Webinar

Learn to communicate effectively and resolve conflict with your child with ADHD. 

Register:  https://chadd.org/ask-the-expert/

Community Sensory Day  

Sat. Apr. 4, 10 am-1 pm, 12099 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax

The Dept. of Neighborhood & Community Services is hosting this fun event focusing on safety for families of individuals with development disabilities.

Info:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/therapeutic-recreation/fantastic-times

Too Much Screen Time?  Practical Tips for Parents — Online Chat

Mon. Apr. 6, noon-1 pm

Learn practical tips to manage your child’s screen time, and learn a little about children’s current online fads.

Info:  https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/experts-live-chats-webinars?

Medicating Your Child with ADHD:  How to Manage the Feelings of Guilt 

Wed. April 15, 1-2 pm  Webinar with recorded option 

Learn about the role of medication in  treatment, myths about ADHD medications, and helpful ways to talk with yourself and others (including your children).

Register:  https://www.additudemag.com/webinar/medicating-children/?

Parent Workshop on Executive Functioning Skills

Thu., Apr. 16, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sycamore Sch. 4600 North Fairfax Dr. #300 Arlington

Learn what executive functioning is, how the skills apply to children of various ages, and how to support children at home and in school.

Register:  https://thesycamoreschoolva.org/upcoming-events/

Supported Decision Making in Healthcare and Life Planning

Thu. Apr. 16, noon–1:00 pm,  — Webinar with recorded option

Learn how to use Supported Decision Making for individuals with developmental disabilities for various types of healthcare, as well as in planning for aging.

Register:  https://thearcofnova.org/programs/info-referral/workshop-series-sdm/

REVIVE Trainings To Prevent Opioid Overdoses

Fri, Apr.17, 10:00-11:30 am, Northwest Center 1850 Cameron Glen Dr. #600, Reston

Sun. Apr. 19, 3:00-4:30 pm, A New Beginning Gym, 4213 Walney Rd. Chantilly

Learn what to do and not do in an overdose situation, how to administer naloxone, and what to do afterwards.  Supplies are provided for use when needed.

Info:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/community-services-board/heroin-opioids/revive

Feeing Stressed? 10 Simple and Powerful Coping Strategies for Parents and Kids

Wed. Apr. 22, 7:30-9:00 pm, Lab Sch. 4759 Reservoir Rd, NW, Wash. DC

Learn how to make simple changes in your thinking and behavior that will lead to a healthier approach to managing stress and even help you get back to enjoying life!

Register:  https://www.labschool.org/community-and-resources/lecture-series

Business Networking Event for Special Needs Parents

Thu. Apr. 23, 9:00-10:30 am, Building #625, 601 Catoctin Cir. NE, Leesburg

Connect with fellow special needs parents who are business owners, build your referral network, and share best practices at this networking event.

Info:  https://thearcofloudoun.org/networking/

How to Manage Meltdowns — Webinar

Thu. Apr. 23, noon-1 pm

Learn strategies for managing your child’s meltdowns or emotional outbursts, and ask your questions about how to help your child self-regulate.

Info:  https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/experts-live-chats-webinars/2020/april/23/how-to-manage-meltdowns

Would My Child Benefit from Medication? — Webinar with Extended Access

Thu. Apr. 23, 1:00-2:30 pm,   Access Recording:  Apr. 23 – May 23

Learn what you should consider and the questions you should ask of treatment providers when making decisions about use of medication for a child

Register:  https://store.adoptionsupport.org/product/SYF-0423/apr-syf-webinar-would-my-child-benefit-from-medication.     $0-$15. Free with coupon code.

National Drug Take Back Day

Sat. Apr, 25, 10 am-2 pm. All eight Police District Stations in Fairfax County

National Take Back Day is a safe, responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at all 8 Police District Stations in Fairfax County.

Info:  https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov

Using Growth Mindset Strategies for Writing! — For 4th & 5th Graders

Sat. Apr. 25, 1:30 – 3:00 pm, StudyPro, 6849 Old Dominion Dr. #200 McLean

During this workshop, we will explore different types of writing, practice ideas to get started when stuck and learn how to look at editing in a more positive light.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-growth-mindset-strategies-for-writing-4th-5th-graders-tickets-81635842001?aff=ebdssbeac

Plan Ahead — Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Family Fun Day

Sat. May 2, 8-am-2 pm, GMU Sci. and Tech campus 10900 Univ. Blvd. Manassas

Kids age 4 and older have outdoor activities next door to where parents and caregivers meet for learning and connection. Youth and young adult track speaker.

Register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-spring-forward-family-fun-day-tickets-89880355563?

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.

  • Burke CHADD Support Group for Parents, Caregivers and Family Members Last Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.  Contact Kim Griffin: kimberlyrgriffin@yahoo.com

  • West Fairfax CHADD Evening Parent Support Group  3rd Thur. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

  • West Fairfax CHADD Morning Parent Support Group  1st Tues. of each month at 10:30 am Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or 703-716-4646.

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Tue. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George gbuzby@aol.com or call 703- 545-6089.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.

Kinship Caregivers Support Group  2nd & 4th Thur. monthly, 6:30-8:00 pm, South County Gov. Ctr. Rm. 220, 8350 Richmond Hgwy, Alexandria.   Free dinner and resources. Register 1 week ahead:  KFI@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-246-4653

Kinship Café  – meets monthly on the 2nd Wed. in Fairfax.  Free dinner.  Activities for children and discussion for adults.  Register 1 week ahead  by calling 703-246-4653 or online at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hscode/EReg/Registration.aspx?groupID=27

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families.  Arlington Parent Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Naomi 703-862-9588  verdugo.naomi@gmail.com

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com

OCD Family Support Group 1st Monday of each month 7:30 pm. Contact:  familygroupocd@varizon.net or call 202-215-5859

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/